Intel Confirms HDCP Master Key Is Out
from the oops dept
And, now, Intel is apparently confirming that the leak is, in fact, the master key. So, at this point, I'm going to have to assume that the DRM expert and the scolding were wrong, and that there is, in fact, a master key... and it's been leaked. Good thing the FCC gave the MPAA the okay to break your TV and DVR to release movies that would be "protected" by HDCP, huh? As Michael Weinberg points out, the FCC has now broken a bunch of TVs for nothing:
Today, it looks like HDCP -- the DRM that the MPAA insisted was required to allow them to securely distribute movies prior to DVD release -- has been broken. As a result, anyone who is motivated can make an exact digital copy of a "protected" high definition movie. Since all it takes is one motivated individual to make that first copy, this DRM (like every type of DRM before it) now serves absolutely no purpose but to inconvenience legitimate customers.Nice work, FCC.
In May, I wrote that "Studios are asking the public to trade the use of any analog inputs on their devices for more magic beans." The FCC accepted that trade. At the time, it looked like those magic beans at least pretended to have some powers to slow down copying. Today they have been revealed for what they really are -- worthless.